New leadership team at the helm of Glendale Agricultural Society

The Glendale Agricultural Society has appointed a new president and chairman this year.

Sunday, 28th August 2016, 7:41 am
The Glendale Agricultural Society (GAS) has welcomed a new President and Chairman this year. Lord Joicey has been elected as President and Ronald Barber of Melkington as Chairman.

Rural stalwarts Lord Joicey and Ronald Barber of Melkington are the new president and chairman respectively.

James and Ronald have been involved with Glendale Show for most of their lives, both first visiting the show as children.

James Joicey, of Ford and Etal Estates, has been involved with the show for many years, a great supporter and a highly active member. He was elected as vice president in 1994.

As president, he is keen to increase the interaction the Society has with the younger generation of Glendale, through schools, colleges and local young farmers’ clubs.

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He said: “Agriculture really is the backbone of the Society. After all, what is Glendale without the countryside?

“I feel it is important to involve the next generation where possible.

“They are at the heart of our rural economy as well as local businesses; they are the Society’s future.

“I am honoured to have been elected as president and I am very much looking forward to doing what I can to help the committee and members in the years to come.”

Having been the commentator at the show for a long time, Ronald Barber is, quite literally, the ‘voice of Glendale Show.’

The Barber family have been cemented into the foundations of the show since the birth of the Society 124 years ago, when Ronald’s grandfather was one of the founding members.

Speaking of his appointment, Ronald said: “My family’s history is steeped in the Glendale Agricultural Society and I am delighted to be able to continue this through my role as chairman.

“My aim is to see the Society continue to grow.”

James takes on the role of president from Michael Walton, and Ronald takes on the role of chairman from Nick Hargreave, both who have been instrumental in Glendale’s recent success.